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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Little and large of the vintage steam world

THERE is a century in time and a great deal in size between these versions of the Furness Railway No 3 – better known to steam fans as Old Coppernob.

The five-inch gauge version, shown above, was built by a Mr M Atkinson in the 1950s.

It was in the engineering display as part of the Furness Model Railway Club’s 50th exhibition held at Barrow Sixth Form College.

It may be possible, at some point, to have it back in steam and running on the club’s track in Barrow Park.

Our other picture, below, is the polished metal dome of the original Old Coppernob.

It survived when German bombs destroyed Barrow station in 1941 and is now on display in the National Railway Museum at York.

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